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Robert Asa Packer

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Robert Asa Packer

Birth
Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
20 Feb 1883 (aged 40)
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Burial
Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, USA GPS-Latitude: 40.8653923, Longitude: -75.7391431
Plot
Lot 211 Section 1
Memorial ID
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Business Magnate. He was from a wealthy family in Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) PA. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. The family was involved in mining, canal building and later railroads. He was the son of Asa Packer. He was also nephew by marriage of Josef Marie Piollet. R.A. Packer was president of the Northern Division of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He was also an investor in Howard Elmer's Sayre Land Company and with Mr. Elmer was one of the key players in the promotion of the development of Sayre. Packer built a large Victorian mansion which was later occupied by the Robert Packer Hospital. Packer was a Democrat in politics and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania in 1876. He died of Bright's disease. After his death, the mansion was donated to the town by Packer's sister Mary Packer Cummings for use as a hospital for railroad workers and other town people. He was buried at Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, Pennsylvania, but in 1884 was reinterred in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania.

Business Magnate. He was from a wealthy family in Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) PA. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. The family was involved in mining, canal building and later railroads. He was the son of Asa Packer. He was also nephew by marriage of Josef Marie Piollet. R.A. Packer was president of the Northern Division of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He was also an investor in Howard Elmer's Sayre Land Company and with Mr. Elmer was one of the key players in the promotion of the development of Sayre. Packer built a large Victorian mansion which was later occupied by the Robert Packer Hospital. Packer was a Democrat in politics and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania in 1876. He died of Bright's disease. After his death, the mansion was donated to the town by Packer's sister Mary Packer Cummings for use as a hospital for railroad workers and other town people. He was buried at Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, Pennsylvania, but in 1884 was reinterred in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania.



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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: Jul 26, 2005
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11426017/robert_asa-packer: accessed ), memorial page for Robert Asa Packer (19 Nov 1842–20 Feb 1883), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11426017, citing Mauch Chunk Cemetery, Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566).